The much stalled M.I.A. documentary could finally see light of day later this year.
A continual torrent of energy and ideas, M.I.A. can be a difficult person to pin down. Director Steve Loveridge kicked off a documentary about the singer in 2012, interviewing friends and collaborators such as Diplo, Spike Jonze, Switch and more.
However a row this summer saw Roc Nation pull their support on the project. Loveridge was appalled, posting a preview clip online before stating that he "really couldn’t give a flying fuck. Count me out. Would rather die than work on this."
All is not yet lost, though. The Hollywood Reporter states that the project is back online, with BRITDOC and M.I.A's Yala Films set to oversee the project.
Steve Loveridge plans to return as director, although no release date has been set.
Meanwhile, M.I.A. has offered a pleasingly imaginative excuse for her middle finger gesture at the Superbowl back in 2012. Speaking to NPR, the singer claimed that it was an ancient Sri Lankan gesture - similar to gang culture in the United States.
"In America you have gang signs, and people throw up initials and stuff like that. Well, 5,000 years ago, there was thing called a mudra, which is your sitting position when you do yoga or you’re meditating or praying or whatever. And you have different ones based on what you’re meditating over. There’s not a lot of them that are named after gods and goddesses, but the middle finger is specifically named Matangi — the Matangi mudra."
Check out the Clash review of the new M.I.A. album 'Matungi' HERE.
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